A new rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is requiring all public housing agencies nationwide to become smoke-free housing by July 30, 2018.

Today, employees of the District of Columbia Housing Authority were trained on the new rule, which applies to every household member, all visitors, and all DCHA employees.

During the months of June and July, DCHA property managers will contact customers to sign a lease addendum related to this new rule. All heads of household must sign this addendum.

DCHA does not require smokers to quit smoking. But if customers would like to stop smoking there are resources that can help and DCHA has partnered with local groups to provide information and smoking cessation classes:

•    Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA. The free helpline is staffed by registered nurses, certified respiratory therapists, and smoking cessation counselors who can answer any questions about lung health or quitting smoking. The Helpline also has bilingual Spanish speaking staff and live language interpretation service for 250 languages.

•    The D.C. Tobacco Free Coalition offers Quitline, which offers counseling and answers callers' questions. You can caii1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) and for Spanish-language assistance call (202) 333-4488. While supplies last, Quitline can offer up to four weeks of nicotine replacement therapy free of charge to D.C. residents.

•    The Breathe Easy Coalition offers information on its web site at www.smokefreeforme.org. This website will also link you to a number of resources that can help if you are thinking about quitting smoking.

Last modified: 6/21/2018 2:08:52 PM